As you probably know, the United States was founded on a number of ideals such as the idea that the government should be accountable to the people (or the people are allowed to shrug off the government). Implied in that idea is the thought that the government doesn’t have special rights above what the people enjoy. Sadly, though, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
Take, for example, any number of scandals. Members of the government bounced checks without any repercussions. Members of Congress and Presidents have treated women horribly and as objects of gratification without losing office. And, yes, the pattern repeats itself in lower levels of government, too.
An unfortunate case of this happened recently in Indianapolis, Indiana. Police were chasing someone and sent their dog to chase them down. That’s where this case took an ugly turn. Rachel Blevins writes,
Mara Mancini was standing on the front porch of her home in July 2015 when she was attacked by a police dog that was chasing a suspect through her neighborhood. She was 7 months pregnant at the time, and the attack resulted in severe wounds to her arm and leg, according to a report from the IndyStar.
Mancini had to have multiple surgeries, and she said she was left with extensive scar tissue, and she now battles fiery aches and pains on a regular basis. The attack caused her to go into premature labor, and while doctors were able to prevent her baby from being born then, she went into labor again after she had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a golf ball-sized infection in her leg.
She said that because of the pharmaceutical painkillers she was prescribed, her son was born with a narcotics addiction, and he spent several weeks in neonatal intensive care as a result
Given the fact that Mancini was an innocent bystander when she was viciously attacked by the police dog, she said the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department promised it would cover all of her medical expenses. However, she filed a lawsuit against the department in August 2016, claiming she had received nothing and her medical expenses had surpassed $100,000.
This whole situation is horrible enough, but it gets worse from there. The judge in the case ruled that Mancini’s rights weren’t violated because she was an innocent bystander.
Let that sink in for a moment.
If innocent bystander’s rights aren’t violated by attacks by police dogs (meaning that the innocent bystander shouldn’t have been attacked because they weren’t who the dog was after), then does anyone have a right to not be bitten by a police dog? How about a right to not be shot? At what point do police actually get held accountable for injuring the people that they are supposed to protect?
It’s situations like this that make you want to consider leaving the police out of a situation whenever possible because, too often, they simply make it worse. If your own law enforcement officers aren’t protecting you, then it’s your responsibility to defend yourself in that war zone.